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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weaponized Government

Instapundit correctly notes that the current IRS scandal has tremendous implications for the NSA and other misbehaving government agencies:
At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, "On a scale of 1-10 ... how damaging is the current IRS scandal?"

His answer: 9.5. Other tax experts on the panel called it "awful," and said that it has done "tremendous damage."

I think that's right. And I think that the damage extends well beyond the Internal Revenue Service. In fact, I think that the government agency suffering the most damage isn't the IRS, but the National Security Agency. Because the NSA, even more than the IRS, depends on public trust. And now that the IRS has been revealed to be a political weapon, it's much harder for people to have faith in the NSA.
What we are witnessing is the ongoing self-delegitimization of the US federal government. It is impossible to pretend any longer that there is a rule of law in the USA. It is impossible to pretend any longer that the government is the servant of the people. Like the fire to which George Washington compared it, the dangerous servant has become the fearful master.

This is why the American people are arming at a rate that has never been seen before. They are not afraid of crime. They are afraid of their government. On some inarticulate level of consciousness, they are aware of this: an unreasonable, ineloquent master who knows only the use of intimidation and force is bound to resort to the latter when the former fails.

The conspiracy theoreticians were correct, on the whole. There is an active conspiracy and it is a conspiracy against the American people by some of the 2.79 million people who are employed by the US government.

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113 Comments:

Anonymous Idle Spectator January 21, 2014 5:58 AM  

And yet compared to the IRS situation, how many subpoenas have they already issued looking into Governor Chris Christie over a damn bridge?

They seem more exited about that than Ian Watkins singing at a Jimmy Savile festival.

Anonymous zen0 January 21, 2014 6:04 AM  

These, ladies and gentlemen, are your friends and neighbors.

Anonymous Fm January 21, 2014 6:17 AM  

"The conspiracy theoreticians were correct, on the whole. There is an active conspiracy and it is a conspiracy against the American people by some of the 2.79 million people who are employed by the US government."

And don't forget liberal,leftist,atheisttards that support the murderous pathological government as the bible predicted they would.

Anonymous Fm January 21, 2014 6:20 AM  

"They seem more exited about that than Ian Watkins singing at a Jimmy Savile festival."

Staining out a gnat and swallowing a camel is what lefttards are programmed to do. Or in other words hypocrisy.

Anonymous Idle Spectator January 21, 2014 6:35 AM  

Staining out a gnat and swallowing a camel is what lefttards are programmed to do. Or in other words hypocrisy.

Whewwww. Ian Watkins. Staining. Camel. Swallow. Jimmy Savile.

It is getting hot here at Vox Pupae.
Real hot.

Anonymous cherub's revenge January 21, 2014 6:48 AM  

At a tax symposium at Pepperdine Law School last week, former IRS chief counsel Donald Korb was asked, "On a scale of 1-10 ... how damaging is the current IRS scandal?"

His answer: 9.5. Other tax experts on the panel called it "awful," and said that it has done "tremendous damage."


Yeah, so damaging it resulted in the resignation of three IRS officials nobody had heard of before.

So damaging that the FBI just wrapped up its investigation saying "they din do nuffins" . The FBI investigation of course being led by a Jewish Democratic lawyer who donated to the Obama campaign and worked in da cibil rights department of the DOJ.

So damaging that I didn't even know they wrapped up the investigation a few days ago 'til this post prompted me to go look it up, and I'd say I'm a well above average news observer.

I think the gun buying is more a result of people think they're losing their country, not because they've lost control of their government.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 6:55 AM  

The gun-buying is all to the good, but it doesn't necessarily mean anything other than that, compared to people in other countries with similar problems, Americans can buy guns.

Anonymous Orlok January 21, 2014 6:57 AM  

2.79 million Govt employees ?!?! I am going to assume you are including Military in this number?

Anonymous Fm January 21, 2014 7:01 AM  

"Whewwww. Ian Watkins. Staining. Camel. Swallow. Jimmy Savile."

Non sequitur your innuendo and probably don't want to.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 7:04 AM  

There is an active conspiracy and it is a conspiracy against the American people by some of the 2.79 million people who are employed by the US government.

That's a big number, but it's absolutely dwarfed by the number of gun owners.

Even if you take the lowest estimates, and assume only 10% ever become problematic for the government, they're still outnumbered two to one.

Anonymous Anonymous January 21, 2014 7:05 AM  

Matthew 24:38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. The sheeple will remain unaware of the real danger up to the end. The problem for the government may be that some of the 1% may start to doubt that the government is their servant and try to withdraw their consent/money. The government needs money and will use whatever power it has to obtain it. Eventually it will start confiscating assets like Henry VIII/Roman Catholic property and wealth or John II/Jewish property and wealth. Will it be the churches first or the hospitals?

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 7:05 AM  

"The US government" could include federal, state, local, military and quasi-non-government organizations, including international bodies and lobbies that would vanish into the earth without US government support of various sorts. If your business strategy is based on the US government, like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before as well as after the federal takeover, you might legitimately be seen as part of the mix too. So one could reach many numbers.

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 7:06 AM  

I think the gun buying is more a result of people think they're losing their country, not because they've lost control of their government.

It's all mixed together in the minds of most, although, if asked, I suspect most would answer that they are losing their country because they lost control of a government that views them as its primary enemy.

The gun-buying is all to the good, but it doesn't necessarily mean anything other than that, compared to people in other countries with similar problems, Americans can buy guns.

The surge in gun sales is not happening in a vacuum. Americans could buy guns in 2007, but they were not doing so as much as they are today.

Anonymous Roundtine January 21, 2014 7:09 AM  

I have had regular people tell me that they will never believe a single word that comes from the government. I found it shocking since even I assume they're only lying some of the time (though more often about the big stuff).

What's another word for trust? Credit. What is the U.S. monetary system based upon? Credit. The credit rots from the inside.

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 7:21 AM  

I have had regular people tell me that they will never believe a single word that comes from the government.

How many of those believe in the Dollar because it is "backed" by the "full faith and credit" of the U.S. gov't?

Blogger JartStar January 21, 2014 7:21 AM  

They may try to push for more gun control, but now Wall Street is lining up against the gun grabbers as gun stocks are golden.

Blogger Doom January 21, 2014 7:26 AM  

Don't forget state and even county and city government. They are all being directed and controlled through money and allowances. What FatBoy did with the traffic is how they are all doing it. And they are quite successful at it. At this point, no government can be trusted. Especially the ones you trust.

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 7:34 AM  

I expect many here have seen this, but for those who haven't, today's installment hilarious because it sucker punches the rabbits right in the rhetoric: http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 7:34 AM  

How many of those believe in the Dollar because it is "backed" by the "full faith and credit" of the U.S. gov't?

I would guess that many haven't actually thought about it, and if asked, would answer that they believe in the dollar because it's accepted by almost everyone as payment for goods and services.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 7:35 AM  

Stilicho: "The surge in gun sales is not happening in a vacuum. Americans could buy guns in 2007, but they were not doing so as much as they are today."

Fair enough.

What is happening may be an indication of the importance of guns.

I mean that if gun-buying is a suppressed signal in other countries where the problems are the same or similar, that underlines the uniqueness of guns as a good.

Despite the UK government's zeal for suppressing "knife crime", there is no real alternative to guns that would serve as the same signal. We are not seeing a new English passion for buying stout walking sticks, for example.

People either buy a weapon they consider adequate, or, as far as we can see from their actions, they give up.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 7:39 AM  

Doom: "Don't forget state and even county and city government. They are all being directed and controlled through money and allowances."

Right.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 7:42 AM  

Stilicho: "I expect many here have seen this, but for those who haven't, today's installment hilarious because it sucker punches the rabbits right in the rhetoric..."

Martin Luther King was also about forcing people to obey the government.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 7:44 AM  

This is why the American people are arming at a rate that has never been seen before. They are not afraid of crime. They are afraid of their government. On some inarticulate level of consciousness, they are aware of this: an unreasonable, ineloquent master who knows only the use of intimidation and force is bound to resort to the latter when the former fails.

What's changed is that Americans are starting to understand that even if they follow the rules, they can still be considered a bad guy. You're probably not going to find a less threatening, more law abiding group than most of the people who started tea party groups and were investigated by the IRS for purely political reasons. So, if it can happen to them, who can't it happen to?

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 7:48 AM  

Martin Luther King was also about forcing people to obey the government.


That's not the point. Hence the reference to "rhetoric". It takes a leftist shibboleth and uses a rhetorical device to turn it upon the left in a manner that will cause mental distress to the leftist. Or, as Anonymous Conservative might say, it will over-stimulate the leftist's amygdala.

Blogger Some dude January 21, 2014 7:50 AM  

Quote from the article

And that's Obama's legacy: a government that makes paranoid conspiracy theories seem possibly sane

In all seriousness, that may be the one decent thing Obama has done.

Blogger Some dude January 21, 2014 7:53 AM  

@Stilichio

the link you cited was the webcomic home page, by tomorrow it's gonna change

So for future reference, here is the link for theday by day cartoon you cited.

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 7:58 AM  

Thanks

Blogger Some dude January 21, 2014 8:04 AM  

In the article Reynolds mentions that the President made a joke about audits that he should never have made. Here is the joke:

At his Arizona State University commencement speech last Wednesday, Mr. Obama noted that ASU had refused to grant him an honorary degree, citing his lack of experience, and the controversy this had caused. He then demonstrated ASU's point by remarking, "I really thought this was much ado about nothing, but I do think we all learned an important lesson. I learned never again to pick another team over the Sun Devils in my NCAA brackets. . . . President [Michael] Crowe and the Board of Regents will soon learn all about being audited by the IRS."

It is funny. And Reynolds point that this was a very threatening thing to say is also true.

It reminds me of something that I read about caligula:

At one of his more sumptuous banquets he suddenly burst into a fit of laughter, and when the consuls, who were reclining next him, politely inquired at what he was laughing, he replied; "What do you suppose, p457except that at a single nod of mine both of you could have your throats cut on the spot?"

The jokes someone makes reveal a lot about the mindset of a person.

Blogger Some dude January 21, 2014 8:07 AM  

@Stilichio

No prob

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 8:11 AM  

What we are witnessing is the ongoing self-delegitimization of the US federal government. It is impossible to pretend any longer that there is a rule of law in the USA. It is impossible to pretend any longer that the government is the servant of the people. Like the fire to which George Washington compared it, the dangerous servant has become the fearful master.

This does not bode well for the peaceful transfer of power after future elections. There are many countries around the world where those in power use the apparatus of gov't to target, suppress, and destroy their political opponents. Transfer of power in such places is rarely peaceful because those relinquishing power know they will be targeted by their successors, so why go down without a fight? This can take two paths in the U.S.: 1) the more common path where political parties/factions will not turn over the reigns of power to their opponents without violence (everything from vote rigging, "emergency" measures, martial law, and false charges to direct and open violence is used); or 2) the political parties effectively merge and "peacefully" share power within the party while violently suppressing the people who would likely throw them all out if given a choice. I see #2 as the more likely path for the U.S. given that the GOP and DNC party leaders have far more in common with each other than they do with the constituencies they purportedly represent. However, the danger of periodic, intra-party Stalinist purges remains with option #2...they may agree that the American people are their enemy, but they will fight tooth and nail over the power and profits to be had from enslaving them.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 8:15 AM  

I've been a paid subscriber to Alex Jones at least four years. Just wanted to mention that.

I don't trust him implicitly though, just more than 99% of people.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 8:20 AM  

Stilicho: "I see #2 as the more likely path for the U.S. given that the GOP and DNC party leaders have far more in common with each other than they do with the constituencies they purportedly represent."

I agree.

I think the danger of infighting is reduced because the natural overdogs, the Democrats, will grow stronger for democratic reasons. The situation where the dominant party can see its base vanishing while the underdogs anticipate a shift to permanent domination is less stable.

Anonymous DrTorch January 21, 2014 8:23 AM  

Wow, ASU got one right! Woo hoo.

Too bad they gave Rose Mofford an honorary degree.

Blogger IM2L844 January 21, 2014 8:31 AM  

When violating the public trust becomes normalized, expected and c'est la vie acceptable, who can deny not only its inadequate ethics and morals creating abilities, but the intrinsically detrimental nature of cultural relativism. We are already in a civil war of ideologies and most people don't even know it. If there is any good that can come from Peter Boghosian's book, it is that it openly exposes this fact on one front. The only question is when the cheek turning will end and what will trigger the sad, but, I think, inevitable phase transition into widespread violence?

Blogger James Dixon January 21, 2014 8:33 AM  

> 2) the political parties effectively merge and "peacefully" share power within the party while violently suppressing the people who would likely throw them all out if given a choice.

What makes you think that hasn't already happened?

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 8:33 AM  

You see, I have Conspiracy Fact bona fides and I can prove them from old credit card bills. So that if people think I'm an opportunistic poser when I turn it into profit, then, not so fast, pal!

Anonymous p-dawg January 21, 2014 8:36 AM  

@Markku: I am pretty sure Alex Jones is authentic. The problem is, mousetraps are baited with authentic cheese. Check the history of "anti-government" movements, especially those with recognizable leaders.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 8:41 AM  

James Dixon: "What makes you think that hasn't already happened?"

Because the price of buying federal elections is going up not down.

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 8:42 AM  

What makes you think that hasn't already happened?

The existence of the Tea Party (no need to suppress them if they were not a threat). The existence of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, etc. It IS happening, but the process is not yet complete. Someday, the only fights you'll see will be ones like the current intra-leftist fight over Fat Bastard's bridge closing.

Anonymous Stilicho January 21, 2014 8:43 AM  

Because the price of buying federal elections is going up not down.

Excellent point.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 8:46 AM  

He's not a leader in THAT sense, just a source of information. The point is, I obviously wouldn't have financially supported said information for years, if I hadn't believed it way before the Snowden scandal.

Anonymous Anonymous January 21, 2014 8:47 AM  

"The US government" could include

This is completely unscientific, but when I served on a jury, they asked each person his occupation. About half were what I would consider government or quasi-government employees. For government employees there were state/city workers, one fireman I think, and public school employees. For quasi-government there were hospital workers -- maybe technically a private business, but heavily regulated, and at least half their paycheck ultimately comes through Medicare and the like. The other half were legitimately private individuals: businessmen, laborers, farmers, etc. -- though of course some of those people surely received some government money in the form of disability payments or farm subsidies, for instance.

This was several years before Romney's "47%" observation, but ever since then I've tended to see things in terms of that half-and-half split. About half the population depends very much for its livelihood on government staying just as large and powerful and intrusive as it is. I don't know that all those people would join the 3 million direct government workers in taking up arms against their private-sector neighbors, but I assume that some will. Fortunately, many aren't the type to have arms in the first place, but some are. Should be interesting.

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 8:58 AM  

And Alex Jones has been saying this and more for ten years but he is crazy...

Blogger James Dixon January 21, 2014 9:00 AM  

> Because the price of buying federal elections is going up not down.

> he existence of the Tea Party (no need to suppress them if they were not a threat). The existence of Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, etc.

Effect, meet cause. :)

The parties have merged. It's just that not everyone has gotten the message yet.

Anonymous Athor Pel January 21, 2014 9:08 AM  

For all those seeing this part of the world system for what it is for the first time, welcome. Glad you could finally make it.

A friendly warning, practically every thing is co-opted or corrupted in like manner and once you start to recognize it you cannot stop seeing it. You will eventually feel overwhelmed by it all.

I'm a list maker. I like writing things down. My memory cannot be trusted completely. So I make lists, such as the following. This is all the ways that I can think of that we, the human residents of planet earth and most specifically those in the good ol' USofA are being messed with. It's purely a list of topics. Each one is worthy of a book's worth of research or more. There is plenty of overlap between sections as well.

Enjoy.
__________

--Control and Corruption of Mind or Spirit
Church - other Jesus - churchian mindset - heresies like health and wealth
Media - disinformation, distraction, indoctrination and anger incitement
Public Schools - drone creation and indoctrination
Academia - indoctrination - Frankfort school
Banks - usury, debt backed 'fiat' currency
indoctrination -isms - marxism, communism, socialism, fascism
progressivism, feminism, humanism, multi-culturalism
Hegelian Dialectic - Created Conflict, managed future,
Suppression of History, suppression of real identity, Patterns or Cycles of History

--Control and Corruption of Body
Medicine - AMA-Allotropic Medicine < sanitation
Food - Agri-business - FDA vs Primal Diet, GMO crops
Property - war on private property, ie, communism, socialism
Time - media distraction, debt/wage slavery, 40 hour work week
Water - flouride - pharmaceuticals, control & selling of water
Air - EPA, carbon credits, Greens
Land - EPA, intensive chemical farming, Property Taxes
Fire(energy) - EPA, DOT, selling and therefore control of energy
Banks - debt slavery, inflation, managed global conflict
System Dependency - all utilities, mainly Power Grid, transport network
Information - social networks, GIS, data mining, .gov data consolidation
Transhumanism - Bioinformatics - Nanotechnology

--Tools of Organization
Banks - IMF, World Bank, National central banks
Corporations - interlocking ownerships and board directorships
Corporation as legal person - Massive accumulation of capital
Orgs of Consensus Control - CFR, UN, NGOs, Greens, etc
Mercantilism/Corporatism
Government as Theater - Bifactional Ruling Party
Membership as Identity - nation, race, American Exceptionalism
War as Propaganda Tool rather than national defense - War for Peace
Created conflict, historical grievance politics, victim psychology
Revolving door public/private seats of control
__________
Like I said, it is everywhere and in every thing, pretty much inescapable.

Now,
don't let it get you down. There is a way out. And it is through Jesus.

Anonymous scoobius dubious January 21, 2014 9:09 AM  

"I think the gun buying is more a result of people think they're losing their country"

Oh, that ship has sailed, dear; the country was lost quite some time ago.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 9:17 AM  

But has there been change for the better, such that we can see with our own eyes? Yes, absolutely. I remember the beginning of the millennium. I practically never read the comment sections to anything because I knew it would be just inane progressive dreg. But now I know even before looking that it's either going to be a bastion of sanity after the pain of having read the article, or it's going to be moderated with extremely heavy hand (and I'm going to know why), or it's going to be closed altogether.

Anonymous dh January 21, 2014 9:20 AM  

Markku--

The phenom you are looking at has entirely to do with the demographics of internet usage. The first-wave of adopters were almost all 100% liberals. It has now equalized and matches almost exactly the population as a whole.

It was not always like this.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 9:26 AM  

I thought Alex Jones was a disinfo psyops fake opposition.

Anonymous dh January 21, 2014 9:28 AM  

And yet compared to the IRS situation, how many subpoenas have they already issued looking into Governor Chris Christie over a damn bridge?

Idle--

This is easy to see why. Christie went full frontal war on his own party. His own party said the money was just graft. Christie literally swore at them.

Now it turns out it was probably all graft. Big surprise. It's always graft, especially in the NY-NJ-CT area. And guess what? The mechanisms that protect grafters are not going to turned to protect jerks.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 9:32 AM  

I thought Alex Jones was a disinfo psyops fake opposition.

Then he would be EXTREMELY incompetent disinfo psyops fake opposition, because he's the primary engine of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (tm).

-There's an obscure article about something Conspiracy Fact -related in some small newspaper, usually foreign.
-Alex Jones raises it to Infowars
-Drudge raises if from Infowars to Drudge Report
-Now everyone knows it.

If the progressives are this incompetent about how they are managing the opposition, then I want to make damn sure that this idiot of theirs stays in the game.

Blogger Tom Kratman January 21, 2014 9:33 AM  

Yes, they're arming against government. They're also arming against crime, too, I think; those aren't mutually exclusive. And no small number is likely arming because everyone else is, and / or because they're concerned that the day is coming when they won't be able to arm.

As mentioned before, though, I am not especially sanguine about the power of reason in the world. I suspect a lot of them, maybe most, are arming because of a sense, purely instinctive / emotional, that something bad is heading our way. They may have no clue what it is, but they feel it coming on.

And they're right.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 9:37 AM  

Then he would be EXTREMELY incompetent disinfo psyops fake opposition, because he's the primary engine of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy (tm).

No, that's exactly what they WANT you to think.

Anonymous zen0 January 21, 2014 9:38 AM  

significant number of people who think that the NSA may have been relaying intelligence about the Mitt Romney campaign to Obama operatives, or that Chief Justice John Roberts' sudden about-face in the Obamacare case might have been driven by some sort of NSA-facilitated blackmail.

This sounds very much like how Israel is run. Powerful members of government always seem to be dealing with some charge or other from the Judicial system.

Sharon did a complete about face and withdrew from Gaza to get charges against he and his sons dropped, for instance.

Its like Mid-east culture has been imported.

I wonder how that came about.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 9:40 AM  

No, that's exactly what they WANT you to think.

How very Porky of you.

Anonymous toothy January 21, 2014 9:40 AM  

Yes, they're arming against government. They're also arming against crime, too, I think...

I own a gun shop, and we have a ton of first-time buyers that buy for the reasons you mentioned - gov't, crime (but I repeat myself), and/or a general sense of foreboding/gut-feeling. We also have a fairly good number of folks that think firearms are a good store of value for their money. Firearms, for the most part, do seem to keep pace with inflation - or do even better than that, many times.

Anonymous bw January 21, 2014 9:55 AM  

I thought Alex Jones was a disinfo psyops fake opposition.

Possible - hard to say.
Wouldn't mean necessarily that he isn't Revealing the Method.
He's also funny as all hell at times.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 10:02 AM  

How very Porky of you.

Ouch. That's going to leave a mark.

Anonymous Anonymous January 21, 2014 10:26 AM  

I suspect a lot of them, maybe most, are arming because of a sense, purely instinctive / emotional, that something bad is heading our way.

Right. The other day a guy was showing me the new gun he bought. This guy would never admit (even to himself) that he puts stock in any conspiracy theories or worries that the US government would ever turn bad. He would say that people who fear the cops or worry about their phone conversations being recorded need thicker tinfoil. But his stated reason for buying this gun was pretty silly, and it just "happens" to be a small one that you could easily conceal on your person. People don't know why they're worried, but they are, and they're just starting to react.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 10:32 AM  

And no small number is likely arming because everyone else is, and / or because they're concerned that the day is coming when they won't be able to arm.

My nutcase aunt and her husband (no. 5 or 6) recently got their carry permits and bought guns specifically because they're afraid they won't be able to do so legally in the future.

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 10:38 AM  

So Alex Jones is not crazy he is just in the business of disinfo psyops (on someone's payroll I assume)?

Could it possibly be he is genuine?

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 10:39 AM  

Relax, he's just joshing around.

Blogger Markku January 21, 2014 10:43 AM  

it's much harder for people to have faith in the NSA

Hmm, now I'm thinking, Bogs isn't categorically wrong about the spectrum of this word's meanings after all.

Anonymous BillB January 21, 2014 10:43 AM  

For the readers edification, please read Article I, Section 8, Paragraph 6 of the Constitution. Note the grant of power and how it relates to Paragraph 5 of the same Article and Section. Please locate a grant in the Constitution that provides the same power as it relates to Paragraph 1 of A I, S 8. We need to continue to understand that since before 1781 the forces of power in the world have been working to subject the people to their control. This is done as has been discussed widely on VOX with disinformation. The legitimate police authority in the Union was left with the States and the Feds were given only 6 police powers, every one being explicitly granted in the Constitution. If there were any implied or inherent powers of the US government, Paragraph 6 and the other grants would never have happened.

Anonymous Respectabiggle January 21, 2014 10:49 AM  

Most people who buy guns use them as magic talismans; they think that mere possession of a gun protects them from evil. I'd guess that about 80% of guns sold never have more rounds run through them than the box of ammo that the purchaser got with the gun.

Nevertheless, gun buyers, especially first-timers are paying hundreds of dollars to vote in a poll that's the inverse of "Consumer Confidence" or "Right Direction" numbers. As a result, those votes matter. A lot.

Anonymous Starbuck January 21, 2014 10:54 AM  

And Alex Jones has been saying this and more for ten years but he is crazy...-Tiny Tim

What makes you think he is crazy? Because he and many people like him have been correct more then being wrong? Human inperfections and all that. He claims that he is not a genius. He is merely relaying what the people in charge have been telling the american people what they are doing and will be doing. There is something about these "elites" that they feel a real need to tell people exactly what they intend to do. However, they don't do it on the evening news broadcast. You got to dig a little deeper.
Alex Jones invites you to look up the information he braodcasts. I have and it is a bit on the creepy side.

Blogger Nate January 21, 2014 10:56 AM  

" It is impossible to pretend any longer that there is a rule of law in the USA. It is impossible to pretend any longer that the government is the servant of the people. "

You shouldn't write that these things are impossible when there literally hundreds of millions of people doing them.

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 10:56 AM  

1,000 mediocre minds guarding the past.

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 11:06 AM  

As for Alex Jones he is a Godsend... I was just parroting some of the ridicule of him that I have seen here and other places.

Alex is a fearless Christian. The rest just happens.

Anonymous rienzi January 21, 2014 11:08 AM  

Speaking of conspiracies. I never hear much since then about the '92 election. Perot is leading GHWB by over ten points, and Clinton is so far behind the Democrats are worried that they won't qualify for matching funds in the next election.

Then, a miracle happens, Perot just up and quits citing physical threats to himself and his family. This should have been one of the biggest political stories in American history, yet from the press, nothing but crickets and a few "He's crazy" remarks.

All the brouhaha over Watergate, and yet no interest whatsoever in a story with the potential to be orders of magnitude larger? The whole thing went right down the memory Go figure.

Anonymous Stanley January 21, 2014 11:10 AM  

If the Feds come sniffing around, they won't be after the truth, they will be after you.

Anonymous Porky January 21, 2014 11:20 AM  

How very Porky of you.

Eppur, si avanzamenti, bitchez. :)

Anonymous Porky January 21, 2014 11:37 AM  

an unreasonable, ineloquent master who knows only the use of intimidation and force is bound to resort to the latter when the former fails..

I saw Mike Bloomberg in an interview today admit that he was simply "scientifically" experimenting on the people of New York.

You guys really have no idea what you are up against.

Blogger Nate January 21, 2014 11:44 AM  

"You guys really have no idea what you are up against."

Shutup, Porky

Anonymous scoobius dubious January 21, 2014 11:48 AM  

"I saw Mike Bloomberg in an interview today admit that he was simply "scientifically" experimenting on the people of New York."

All I needed to hear was "I saw Mike Bloomberg" and the rest was basically redundant.

And yeah, trust me, I know what I'm up against. I went to school with these creatures.

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey January 21, 2014 12:01 PM  

We're all Confederates, now.

Anonymous Starbuck January 21, 2014 12:03 PM  

As for Alex Jones he is a Godsend... I was just parroting some of the ridicule of him that I have seen here and other places.

Alex is a fearless Christian. The rest just happens. - Tiny Tim


You confuse me...

Anonymous Starbuck January 21, 2014 12:06 PM  

You guys really have no idea what you are up against. - Porky

So Porky, what am I up against?

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 12:08 PM  

DON'T TAKE THE BAIT, STARBUCK!

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 12:08 PM  

Starbuck - Then I better stop. You might be driving.

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 12:09 PM  

Porky - Starbuck is confused. Better leave it alone. He could be operating heavy equipment or something. Too much liability to continue.

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 12:14 PM  

Porky, you have entered The Fight Club. Tread lightly. I see Big Bob and the others are onto you this morning. They curry Tyler's favor in their mind's through obstinance and ridicule. It is quite odd yet captivating... men in their underwear playing the badass on a blog every day.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 12:26 PM  

It is quite odd yet captivating... men in their underwear playing the badass on a blog every day.

Spare us your weird sexual fantasies

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 12:28 PM  

Hit a nerve, eh Josh. Where's that % body fat hovering, around 70%?

Josh, Tyler will be proud of you.

Good boy!

Anonymous jm January 21, 2014 12:32 PM  

The specific reason(s) why Americans want to arm is never understood by people like Piers Morgan. Clueless Englishman abroad, or a shill?

Anonymous Jack Amok January 21, 2014 12:37 PM  

About half the population depends very much for its livelihood on government staying just as large and powerful and intrusive as it is. I don't know that all those people would join the 3 million direct government workers in taking up arms against their private-sector neighbors, but I assume that some will. Fortunately, many aren't the type to have arms in the first place, but some are. Should be interesting.

A good observation, but two points are worth noting.

1) buying support is hard when you're bankrupt. The lack of trust from the IRS and NSA and the fat bridge troll of New Jersey scandals will have more of those people thinking in terms of cash up front when the first interruptions in checks happens.

2) those who depend on the government are the self-selected non-self-reliant. They'll be less useful than most in any fight. Overall, I expect most of the hangers-on will sit on the sidelines and fret.

The dangerous people aren't the ones licking up table scraps, but the power-hungry zealots who know their necks go into the noose if the peaceful transfer of power fails.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 12:39 PM  

The dangerous people aren't the ones licking up table scraps, but the power-hungry zealots who know their necks go into the noose if the peaceful transfer of power fails.

One of the reasons that dictatorships end so violently.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 12:45 PM  

Hit a nerve, eh Josh. Where's that % body fat hovering, around 70%?

No way bro, it's up to 80%!

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 12:53 PM  

Josh, you are special. You are a beautiful, unique snowflake. You are not the same decaying organic matter as everything else.

Anonymous Josh January 21, 2014 12:57 PM  

Mom, is that you?

Blogger Tiny Tim January 21, 2014 1:09 PM  

If need be...

You are not alone.

Anonymous Porky January 21, 2014 1:33 PM  

So Porky, what am I up against?

Bad things. Very bad things.

Anonymous Sigyn January 21, 2014 1:46 PM  

Bad things. Very bad things.

I'm fuzzy on the whole good-bad thing. What do you mean, bad? Like all life in the universe stopping instantaneously and every particle in your body exploding at the speed of light? Total protonic reversal?

Right, that's bad.

Anonymous Porky January 21, 2014 1:59 PM  

...every particle in your body exploding at the speed of light? Total protonic reversal?

Michael Bloomberg called. He wants to know when you'd like to start the human invasive clinical trials. We can't wait for the planet to depopulate itself, after all.

Anonymous Anonymous January 21, 2014 2:05 PM  

1) buying support is hard when you're bankrupt.

True. Maybe that's why they seem to be pushing harder than is sensible right now, boiling the frog fast enough that he's starting to feel it. Maybe they see a window of opportunity now which will begin to close when the checks stop coming and the EBT cards stop working.

Anonymous E. PERLINE January 21, 2014 2:12 PM  

I see the Democrats have already picked a candidate to oppose Hillary Clinton. It is the Republican governor of New Jersey. This is an ideal situation for our hidden masters. Or choose any other marvelous matches from the programs, folks.

Anonymous Sigyn January 21, 2014 2:20 PM  

Michael Bloomberg called. He wants to know when you'd like to start the human invasive clinical trials. We can't wait for the planet to depopulate itself, after all.

He'd have to discuss it with Harold Ramis or Dan Aykroyd, not me.

Anonymous Salt January 21, 2014 2:24 PM  

Don't believe the happy talk coming out of the White House, Federal Reserve and Treasury Department when it comes to the real unemployment rate and the true “Misery Index.” Because, according to an influential Wall Street advisor, the figures are a fraud.

In a memo to clients provided to Secrets, David John Marotta calculates the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government.

Marotta, who recently advised those worried about an imploding economy to get a gun, said that the government isn't being honest in how it calculates those out of the workforce or inflation, the two numbers used to get the Misery Index figure.


I especially liked the get a gun part.

Anonymous Balzac January 21, 2014 4:10 PM  

Actually, try to imagine for a minute what actions could be worse for the IRS. I seriously can't think of any way they could betray their core mission (such as it is) in a worse way, then follow up with stone-walling and an utter lack of repentance. In what way can the IRS ever be trusted, respected or indeed even taken seriously again? Sure, they can send their goons, but let's not pretend there's anything more honorable going on than the harrying and robbing of their enemies.

So 9.5 is too lenient. Give it 10/10. (It's astounding that so little has come of it, which suggests there are more 10/10's to be awarded.)

Anonymous VD January 21, 2014 4:41 PM  

You guys really have no idea what you are up against.

The fearless hyperintelligent posthuman geniuses who brought us the flawless Obamacare website, right?

Anonymous Porky January 21, 2014 4:52 PM  

DV,

No, the sociopathic engineers of the New Feudalism who wish to reduce the amount of carbon you exhale.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 5:04 PM  

Balzac: "So 9.5 is too lenient."

I think it is about right, because there was not a wave of promotions and a Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded explicitly for anti-Tea Party Zeal.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 5:08 PM  

BillB: "For the readers edification..."

I'm all against the judge-invented Living Constitution, but in any case the Public Enemies (and more seriously modern organized crime) would have been enough to motivate another amendment to the Constitution creating federal police powers to combat them.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 21, 2014 5:27 PM  

Jack Amok: "1) buying support is hard when you're bankrupt."

You lose is the flexibility to create winners without creating obvious losers and to manipulate the rate at which your people receive their increased bribes independently of the rate at which your chosen targets receive their punishments. This is one of the problems with Obamacare; people targeted for high payments and low services are seeing straight away how their plan changed.

Jack Amok: "2) those who depend on the government are the self-selected non-self-reliant. They'll be less useful than most in any fight."

That's a harsh thing to say about the military.

Anonymous Idle Spectator January 21, 2014 7:45 PM  

Idle--

This is easy to see why. Christie went full frontal war on his own party. His own party said the money was just graft. Christie literally swore at them.

Now it turns out it was probably all graft. Big surprise. It's always graft, especially in the NY-NJ-CT area. And guess what? The mechanisms that protect grafters are not going to turned to protect jerks.


Of course it is easy to see why.

This embarrasses Christie. >Bad judgment being a jerk like that. Subpoena.
IRS embarrasses Obama. >Criminal intent. Stonewall.

Huge difference.

Actually, try to imagine for a minute what actions could be worse for the IRS. I seriously can't think of any way they could betray their core mission (such as it is) in a worse way, then follow up with stone-walling and an utter lack of repentance.

Yeah. When Nixon did this he was smacked for it. And the IRS was contrite.

Anonymous ENthePeasant January 21, 2014 8:12 PM  

A little late to this party but does anyone but me remember that on 15 Jan 1990 the citizens of the disintegrating German Democratic Republic stormed the much feared Ministry for State Security (Stasi) HQ and destroyed the place? Most accounts of how the Communist Block fell apart are based on the natural prejudice of Western Journalists. They can't grasp the simple fact that the Warsaw Pact collapsed under the weight of their own Statist lawlessness. To them the state is the law. The minor little detail of the state enforcing the the law, not violating it, goes right over thier heads.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 21, 2014 11:36 PM  

cailcorishev:

Maybe that's why they seem to be pushing harder than is sensible right now, boiling the frog fast enough...

I think it's more that they're getting desperate for money as they get more and more broke. Plus, as Titus mentioned, they can't really hide the pain any longer. They've burned through our margins of safety and used up most of our stored (economic and cultural) capital.


Titus:

That's a harsh thing to say about the military.

The old military, or the one we'll have after Obama gets done with it? But I wasn't talking about government employees so much as the extended hangers-on of the 47% that were being discussed as "allies" to the big government faction.

Odd thing is, the military are maybe the last ones to want to side with the government in this, as they know they're the ones that will get shot at. I've no doubt a depressing percentage of them will do it anyway because of orders, but I expect even those guys will be profoundly unhappy about it.

Anonymous The other skeptic January 22, 2014 12:22 AM  

Conquest and enslavement turned out to be the work of European civilization.

From The Inescapable Antagonism Between A Prosperous China and An Imperial U.S.

Hmmm, someone has swallowed a bunch of lies.

Anonymous 24 years of army service. January 22, 2014 2:50 AM  

Most of the military will side with the Constitution, not the traitors in D.c.

Anonymous Jack Amok January 22, 2014 4:38 AM  

Most of the military will side with the Constitution, not the traitors in D.c.

I hope so. I suspect the "unreliable" flag officers are being moved out of positions as we speak though, so it'll be complicated. Also, the current set of traitors may not be the final set of traitors. I worry more about an American Sulla who honestly tries to fix things but ends up making them far worse. A figure like that would get a lot of support from well-meaning people.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 22, 2014 7:31 AM  

Jack Amok: "The old military, or the one we'll have after Obama gets done with it?"

I don't know which army you think of as "old".

When I think of the American military I think of this plus invincible technology.

Blogger Doom January 23, 2014 12:30 AM  

Titus Didius Tacitus,

right

What are you, stupid? Wait, ignorant for sure. Maybe, could be a provocateur.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus January 23, 2014 3:06 AM  

Doom, wait, you're assuming that when I said "Right." I meant "Wrong." and therefore you are insulting me and speculating that I'm a "provocateur". Is that where we're up to?

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